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Leeds Light Night 2010
Leeds Light Night
Leeds Light Night - giving you a different perspective on the city

The countdown to one of the most eye-catching events of the year in Leeds is now firmly underway.

Leeds Light Night takes place on Friday 8 October 2010 in venues across the city.

Theatres, galleries, shopping arcades, museums and city streets will all be put to good use.

These venues will host a series of strange and scintillating public performances, light shows and displays - all for free.

The event was started in 2005 and has grown every year, with this year's event encompassing more than 100 projects at more than 40 city centre venues.

Leeds was the first UK city to host its own Light Night, following on from the success of similar events held in Paris and Amsterdam in encouraging local residents and visitors to see their city and famous buildings from a very different perspective.

Leeds Town Hall on Light Night 2009
Leeds Town Hall being lit up on Light Night 2009

Among the bizarre and mysterious events lined up for this year's Light Night are wandering harvesters, dancing in the Town Hall cells, city centre statues wrapped in winter knits, storytelling under the duvet and a performance in a swimming pool.

The River Aire will be renamed for one night as the feared River Styx from Greek mythology, while there will also be the chance to take part in theatre in the Victoria Quarter or listen to spine-tingling opera in the Central Library.

Most events will start from 5pm and run until 10 or 11pm with some continuing into the early hours.

Local artists and community groups such as Pyramid of Arts and People in Action play a key role in the success of Light Night, while again this year the event is supported by major arts organisations such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Northern Ballet Theatre and The Carriageworks theatre.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

"Light Night not only encourages people to explore buildings and parts of the city centre where maybe they have never been before but also acts as a fantastic showcase for the wonderfully talented artists who live in Leeds. We look forward to seeing what they have lined up for us this year."

One project for this year's event which is already up and running invites Leeds residents to share their memories of Leeds and their hopes for the city's future.

Contributions will be added to the 'Collective Citizen Archive' - a giant, balloon-filled installation by Indivisible Collective that will occupy the Leeds Arena in the Leeds City Museum on Light Night.

Anyone wishing to take part can download a question form from the Light Night website, or pick one up from the Leeds Town Hall reception desk, or send their answers to the following questions by email with their name, age and contact details.

1. What is your favourite memory of Leeds?

2. What are your hopes for the future of Leeds?

Take a look at photographer Jonathan Turner's pictures of Leeds Light Night 2009


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